Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice
April 15, 2011, 12:09 am
Filed under: Dessert, Food and Recipes | Tags: , ,

They say that girls are made of sugar, spice, and everything nice, but so are these cinnamon twists.

We are huge fans of anything cinnamon sugar around here. Toss in a little cardamom, and you’ve got me hooked. Cardamom is one of my favorite spices. Used a good bit in Indian cooking, it’s subtle flavor wins me over every time. I’ve used it a good bit in other desserts: sugar cookies, biscotti, and now in these cinnamon twists.

These are perfect with coffee, with a slight nuttiness and chew from the sesame seeds. You might consider making a double batch…

Cardamom and Cinnamon Sugar Twists
Slightly adapted from Giada de Laurentiis

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 (9 by 10-inch) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed and cut into 20 (1 by 4-inch) pieces
1 egg, beaten

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line your baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper, set aside.

2. In a bowl, mix together your cinnamon, sugar, cardamom, and sesame seeds. Take 2 pieces of dough, and twist together to form a rope shape, pinching the ends to seal together. Brush each rope of dough with the beaten egg, then dip in your spice mixture, pressing lightly to get a good thick coating. Place spice side up on your baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until puffed and golden brown.

3. Cool on a wire rack, brew a pot of coffee, and serve.


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